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OIC condemns Israeli measures to isolate Jerusalem from the rest of the occupied West Bank

February 17, 2014 at 11:15 pm

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has condemned the Israeli occupation authority’s approval of 130 new housing units in the settlement of Gilo in occupied East Jerusalem.

In a press statement, Mr Ihsanoglu said that the continuation of Israel’s settlement policy, “which imposes facts on the ground in occupied Jerusalem” and “isolates it from its Palestinian hinterland”, is both “a crime and a blatant violation of international law and the United Nations resolutions.”

The OIC Secretary-General called upon the UN Security Council and the Middle East Quartet “to take a decisive stand which obliges Israel to cease all its violations and crimes against the Palestinian people and their national rights.”